The Hartford Opera Theater To Present ‘New In November 9’

By Francisco Salazar

The Hartford Opera Theater is set to perform “New in November 9,” a collection of short operas and opera excerpts.

This opera festival will be performed on Nov. 18 at The Cathedral House at Christ Church Cathedral and the operas “A Bridge for Three” by Nathan Fletcher and Megan Cohen, “The Loathly Lady” by Paul Richards and Wendy Steiner, “Coal Creek” by Dawn Sonntag, and Triangle by Tony Solitro.

The collection will celebrate the ninth annual festival for the Hartford Opera Theater.

Fletcher is a New York-based composer, arranger, tenor and pianist, whose 20-minute chamber opera, “A Bridge for Three,” was commissioned by the Washington National Opera for its American Opera Initiative Festival and premiered at the Kennedy Center.

Meanwhile, Richards has been recognized in numerous competitions, including the 2017 Flute New Music Consortium Competition Competition, the 2014 Columbia Summer Winds Outdoor Composition Competition, the 2009 St. Mary’s University/Kaplan Foundation Composition Competition, the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra’s Fresh Ink 2002 Florida Composers’ Competition, and the International Section of the 2000 New Music for Sligo/IMRO Composition Award. He has written music for the Southwest Florida Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, and the Boston Brass, among others

Solitro has composed “No More in Darkness,” a meditation on Alexandra David-Neel’s pioneering journey to Tibet, “More Beautiful Than Night,” a cycle of gay love songs interweaving romance, sensuality, and humor, and “Les Bouteilles de la Table Ronde,” a surrealist drinking song for women, integrated within a mixed-media installation.

Sonntag is a composer, vocalist, pianist, and conductor whose works include opera, vocal, choral, chamber, and orchestral music. Her opera “Verlorene Heimat” (Lost Homeland)” was a featured work in the Cleveland Opera Theaters 2018 New Opera Works Festival.